Academics

Criminal Justice Courses (CRIJ)      

CRIJ 100. Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 hours
Students are provided with a general overview of the agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system--the police, the courts, and corrections.

CRIJ 300. Criminology
3 hours
This course is a theoretical approach to crime causation, behavior and correction. The theories of crime causation will be studied in a logical sequence having its origin in the classical school of criminology and progressing toward the newer concepts of crime and justice.

CRIJ 310. Criminal Law
3 hours
This course examines the legal definition and the interpretation of crimes, the law in relation to law enforcement and correctional work, and basic assumptions of the law compared with those of the social and biological sciences applied to the understanding of human behavior.
Cross-listed: PAR 310

CRIJ 311. Criminal Procedures
3 hours
As an introduction to the law of criminal procedure, this course provides guidelines for criminal justice professionals on legal aspects of police duties as well as understanding the reasons behind the rules. It covers such topics as arrest, search warrants, warrantless searches, and Enrollment Management, confessions and electronic surveillance.

CRIJ 312. Interviewing Techniques
3 hours
This course examines the subject of interviewing and skills necessary to become a good interviewer. Interviewing as it applies to many aspects of life will be examined. General interviewing skills will be learned and applied to several settings. Part of the focus will be on resumes and job interviews, the other part will focus on interviewing and interrogation in the criminal justice setting.
Cross-listed: PSYC 312


CRIJ 320. Laws of Evidence
3 hours
This course deals with those rules of evidence and procedure of particular importance to the operational level of law enforcement. Emphasis will be placed upon evaluation of kinds of evidence, tests of admissibility, competence of witnesses, and privileged and non-privileged communication.

CRIJ 325. Forensic Psychology
3 hours
This course examines police, court, and correctional aspects of forensic psychology. It attempts to understand how psychologists impact the research, practice, and policy of crime, law and justice. Case illustrations are used to understand each area. Timely issues and controversies are presented. The adult, juvenile, family, and civil aspects of forensic psychology are reviewed.
Cross-listed: PSYC 325

CRIJ 330. Scientific Criminal Investigation
3 hours
This course examines the scientific aspects of criminal investigation including the study of fingerprints and application of the forensic sciences. Emphasis will be placed upon the collection and examination of evidence.

CRIJ 355. Serial Killers
3 hours
This course examines serial murder through an analysis of the lives of serial killers in the United States. Biological, cultural, psychological, and sociological frameworks are explored as an explanation for serial murder. Written project(s) will be assigned.

CRIJ 356. Cults in America
3 hours
This course examines the complexities of the cult phenomenon. The general approach will be to determine what cults are, how they work and how to help ex-cult members. Written project(s) will be assigned. Satanic cults and law enforcement approaches to cults will be examined.

CRIJ 370. Juvenile Delinquency
3 hours
This course examines the nature, concept, and measurement of juvenile delinquency. Theoretical models are used to explain and understand the
causes of delinquency. An overview and history of the juvenile justice system's philosophy and practice are given. The role of the police, the juvenile trial process, and both community-based and secure correctional sanctions are reviewed.

CRIJ 400. Ethics in Criminal Justice
3 hours
This course introduces students to ethical concepts that are relevant to resolving moral issues in criminal justice professions. It is designed to aid students in developing the reasoning and analytical skills needed to apply ethical concepts as required by appropriate decision making. Case studies and court decisions will be examined.

CRIJ 420. Psychology of Stalking
3 hours
This course explores stalking from social, psychological, and behavioral perspectives. It covers such topics as threats, offender-victim typologies, cyberstalking, erotomania, stalking and domestic violence and stalking of public figures.

CRIJ 435. White Collar Crime
3 hours
This course examines the social phenomenon of white-collar crime. Principal issues will involve the concept of occupational and organizational crimes, the causes of white-collar crime, and ethical, moral and legal considerations. Actual case studies will be examined.

CRIJ 440. Criminal Profiling
3 hours
This course covers the deductive profiling method, an overview of the legal aspects involved in profiling, and an exploration of issues that arise in different types of serial crimes. An analysis of several key cases is included. Written project(s) will be assigned.

CRIJ 460. Deviant Behavior
3 hours
This course examines deviance as a social phenomenon. Principal issues will involve who and what is deviant, major theories concerning deviant behavior, crime as deviant behavior, deviance and organizations and controlling deviance by formal regulation.

CRIJ 470. Corrections
3 hours
This course provides an in-depth study of the methods and procedures utilized by correctional institutions in efforts to rehabilitate the offender. Historical development, prison administration, types of institutions, classification systems, composition of the prison population and diversionary tactics will be emphasized.

CRIJ 471. Introduction to Probation and Parole
3 hours
This course examines the changing role of probation and parole in community corrections. Emphasis will be given to preparing pre-sentence investigation reports, learning the language and terminology of this field and learning about intermediate sanctions such as electronic monitoring and home detention.


CRIJ 472. Community Based Corrections
3 hours
This course examines the role that community based corrections plays in the criminal justice system. It provides the student with comprehensive knowledge about the procedures, practices, and personnel that serve community based corrections. Comparison is made between several different programs with emphasis on the federal system.

CRIJ 495. Internship
1-3 hours
A field experience in various federal, state, and local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies is available to qualified students each semester. Application should be made with and approval granted by the Program Director the semester before enrolling in the instruction.

CRIJ 496. Topics in Criminal Justice
1-3 hours
This course will examine topics of special interest in the criminal justice field. Topics courses may be chosen to fulfill elective hours as needed.

CRIJ 497. Research in Criminal Justice
3 hours
By participating in a semester-long research program, students earn credit for their degree. Training in research methodology provides students with the opportunity to pursue Criminal Justice from an empirical point of view. Students will design, implement and construct a formal report on research topic. This course requires the approval of the Program Director. Recommended for those going on to graduate school. Legal Research and Writing may be substituted by students planning on attending law school.

CRIJ 499. Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
3 hours
This capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and critical examination of the various concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry presented both in General Education and the major. Learning outcomes for both the General Education Program and the major are reviewed. Course assignments assist students in assessing the degree for which learning outcomes have been mastered. Senior standing is required.